How long does it take to come full circle through the stages of waiting patiently? That is, to move from despair, to prayer, to stability, to praise? In today’s reading (Psalm 40-45), we find the psalmist going through these stages in what appears to be rapid succession. Looking back he can report the progress as if it were almost instantaneous. It probably wasn’t and won’t be for us either. “I waited patiently for the Lord” he says (Psalm 40:1).
Are you waiting? Are you patient? Take hope in God’s faithfulness to bring you full circle in His time. May you find peace in waiting patiently today.
[For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].